I Bargained with Life for a Penny…by Jessie B. Rittenhouse

“I bargained with Life for a penny,

Woman's silhouette, reaching upward

And Life would pay no more,

Old cash register

However I begged at evening…

dog begging

When I counted my scanty store;

stacks of coins

For Life is just an employer,

Man in suit with arms crossed

He gives you what you ask,

pile of pennies with anchor pin

But once you have set the wages,

coins spilling from a glass jar

Why, you must bear the task.

man's dirty hands

I worked for a menial’s hire,

USD one dollar bills

Only to learn, dismayed,

Young woman with surprised look.

That any wage I had asked of Life,

USD 100 dollar bill

Life would have paid.”

Stacks of USD 100 dollar bills

Restart. Refocus. Reinvent.

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